Huron, Ohio– Bowling Green State University Firelands College has announced the winners of the Dean’s Special Recognition Award which were presented on Friday, April 29, during the annual Recognition Program.

 The award is given to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious career achievements as well as recent accomplishments.

Left to right Ken Borland, BGSU vice president for academic affairs and provost, John Clark, recipient of the Dean's Special Recognition Award, William Balzer, BGSU Firelands Dean, and Kathie Mueller, president of BGSU Firelands College Advisory Board.

An individual award was presented to John Clark and a departmental distinction was awarded to Plant Operations & Maintenance.

Clark, a Huron resident, has been with BGSU Firelands for 15 years and is the coordinator of career services and veteran students’ liaison.  During his tenure, he has built strong connections with the Job Stores and with many area volunteer and civic organizations and businesses.

“John is always putting the needs of students above all else,” said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  “He helps students uncover their passion and interest and makes the process of career exploration fun.”

Clark also serves the College through his service on the Huron Chamber of Commerce.

Left to right David Wrice, Sr., Kevin Wilczak, Daniel Brooks, Tom McGory, and Leonard Klohn, from the Plant Operations & Maintenance Department.

Plant Operations & Maintenance was presented with a departmental Dean’s Special Recognition Award for their consistent efforts toward ensuri



ng the BGSU Firelands facilities and grounds are safe, operational, and beautiful.

“Their efforts exemplify the BGSU core value of ‘pride in a job well done,’” said Balzer.  “They take such pride in their work that our students and campus visitors can’t help but treat the campus grounds with the same level of respect.”

Balzer also noted that facility planning consultants who recently toured the grounds remarked that BGSU Firelands is the prettiest and most well-maintained campus they have ever experienced.

Members of the Plant Operations & Maintenance Department are

Thomas Naylor Amherst
Kevin Wilczak Amherst
Daniel Brooks Barberton
Timothy Hunter Berlin Heights
Thomas McGory Castalia
Gerry Dabney Huron
David Wrice Lorain
Gordon Brown Norwalk
Kevin Ferback Sandusky
Blake Harris Sandusky
Leonard Klohn Sandusky
Scott Lizzi Sandusky

For additional information or photos, contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and communication, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at

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